The Russian Army on Friday continues shelling major Ukrainian cities with new attacks that have already resulted in fatalities, Mikhailo Podoliak, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian President’s Office, reported on his Twitter account.
“Large Ukrainian cities are again subject to devastating blows,” said the adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky.
The first detonations took place on Friday morning in Lutsk, in the northwest of the country, and in Ivano-Frankivsk, some 250 kilometers to the south, there were also up to “three powerful explosions,” the presidential aide specified.
The mayor of Lutsk, Igor Polischuk, called on residents to rush to shelters after hearing the first explosions in the city, located some 90 kilometers east of the Polish border.
“Explosions near the airfield—everyone to the shelter!” said via Facebook Polischuk, who asked locals not to post photos, addresses, or set coordinates, in what could be the first Russian attack on this town, in the Volonia region and also neighboring Lviv.
According to sources of the Ukrainian channel ICTV, the target of the attack could have been the city’s airfield and a nearby factory.
“Four missiles were fired at the military airfield in Lutsk from a Russian army bomber, as we assessed. Unfortunately, there are human losses. At present, two servicemen have died and six have received injuries of varying severity. The debris is being cleared,” the head of the Volyn Regional Military Administration Yuriy Pohulyayko said on his Telegram account, Ukrinform reports.
The ICTV channel also confirmed three airstrikes in Dnipro, in the south-central part of the country. According to this TV channel, the shells fell near a kindergarten, an apartment building, and a shoe factory.
“Three airstrikes were reported around 06:10 (04:00 GMT) in the Novokadatskyi district of Dnipro. The shells hit a kindergarten, an apartment building, and a two-story shoe factory,” the State Emergencies service wrote on its Telegram account.
“Rescuers are working at the site trying to extinguish the fire,” added these sources in Dnipro, where they claim at least one fatality.
This is the first time that these two cities have been attacked since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began sixteen days ago.
Also in western Ukraine, near the borders with Romania and Poland, the Army has attacked Ivano-Frankivsk.
“Early this morning, March 11, explosions were heard in Ivano-Frankivsk. For some reason, there was no air raid alert,” the city’s mayor, Ruslan Martsinkiv, said, according to Ukrinform.
“Explosions were heard in Frankivsk. The military and the State Emergency Service are at work—details will be released later! React to the sirens,” its mayor reiterated.